Do Prestigious Universities Still Have Any Role in the Internet Age?

Prestigious institutions offering a higher education in various fields such as engineering, science, business, etc., continue to play an important role in society despite the advent of the internet. Here are some of the reasons:

Network and prestige

Elite schools offer a network of former students, which can be beneficial for students in terms of employment, mentoring and professional collaboration. The prestige associated with these institutions can also open doors in some professional areas.

Access to specialised resources

Top ranked institutions allow access to state-of-the-art laboratories, advanced research equipment and renowned professors in their respective areas. That can provide students with unique learning and skills development.

Practical experience

Although the internet provides access to a vast amount of educational resources online, major schools offer study programs that incorporate practical components such as internships, research projects and partnerships with companies, which can be difficult to reproduce entirely online.

Personalised training and supervision

Elite schools offer generally a framework personalised to students, with academic and professional advice to help them achieve their career goals. This direct interaction with professors and advisors can be valuable for students.

However, it is also true that the internet has changed the way education is provided and accessed. Many educational resources are now available online, which widens access to education for a greater number of people, regardless of where they live or their financial resources. Additionally, technologies such as virtual reality and AI are continually improving the student experience.

One should not forget the financial aspect of the decision as prestigious schools are charging exorbitant fees which are unaffordable to most students. Choosing between a more or less prestigious university is therefore a complex issue that involves many factors including costs which are often the main ones. Some of the financial considerations involve the following:

Tuition Fees

Prestigious schools and universities have much higher tuition fees. It is essential to compare these costs and determine if the prestige and additional advantages they provide justify the price difference.

Financial aid

Some elite institutions offer scholarships and generous financial subsidies which can make the cost of education more affordable for students of less well of background. Many schools even have quotas to prioritise underrepresented ethnic minority groups and improve diversity.

Cost of living

The cost of living can vary greatly according to the location of the school or university. The universities located in cities or areas with a high cost of living can make studies far more expensive due to accommodation, food and other associated costs expenses.

Internship opportunities

Prestigious school can provide access to internship and networking opportunities who can be financially valuable to a student’s future career.

Future Income Potential

Although the initial cost of education can be higher in aprestigious university, it is also important to consider the future income potential. The diplomas of prestigious institutions can often command higher salaries and lead to better career opportunities; this can influence long – term ROI.


Ultimately, the choice between a more or less prestigious university is personal and depends on the educational objectives, financial resources and preferences of each individual student.

At Stafford Gobal we believe that quality second tier UK universities offer the best value for money. The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) ensures online UK masters and MBA degrees are of the highest standards and therefore recognised worldwide.


Written by Philippe Riewer,

GROUP CFO, Stafford Global

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